Legal news from Sunday, December 3, 2006

[JURIST] The defense team for Saddam Hussein Sunday formally appealed his death sentence [JURIST report; JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982. The November 5 condemnation to death by hanging was automatically appealable to a nine-judge Appeals Chamber set up under the … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Turkey has officially condemned an Argentinean bill that refers to the mass killings of Armenians [BBC Q/A] in Turkey around the time of World War I as genocide and establishes a day of annual commemoration on April 24. Turkey [CIA factbook, JURIST news archive] has asked … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] has postponed until further notice the war crimes trial of Serb nationalist Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder], who has been on a hunger strike [JURIST report] since November 11, saying in a ruling Friday that he … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] suffered a heart attack Sunday, but is in stable yet serious condition after undergoing emergency surgery. The development represents another setback to recent attempts [BBC timeline] by Chilean authorities to bring the ex-dictator to justice for dozens of human … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesman for Iran's Guardian Council [official website, in Persian] said Saturday that it has approved a bill passed by Iran's Majlis [official website, in Persian] two weeks ago instituting mandatory fingerprinting [JURIST report] of all visiting US citizens. The bill is intended to "reciprocate behavior of American officials … [read more]

[JURIST] Rep. Jane Harman [official website], ranking Democrat on the US House Intelligence Committee [official website] and initially a supporter of the Patriot Act and President Bush's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], told a gathering of the American Bar Association [official website] Friday that "the program continues in violation … [read more]

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